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    October 28, 2012
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i'm marianne rafferty. now, back to "geraldo at large." for all the latest headlines is log on to fox news .com. >> earlier today i signed a declaration of emergency. >> i declared a state of emergency this afternoon i declared a state of emergency commonwealth wide. >> geraldo: a fox news alert. frankenstorm continues its unprecedented late season march into the northeast as tens of millions rush to get themselves ready for landfall and getting worse as the week goes on. meantime the caribbean is burying its dead. hurricane sandia claiming a total of 58 lives in jamaica, cuba, the bahamas and most severely in earth ravaged haiti which is still experiencing
widespread flooding. a storm of a much different sort is also setting its sight on your country. the mandatory budget cuts that threat ton gut the united states military. here is craig. >> our navy is sheryl now than any time since 1917. >> we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of the military changed. >> president obama's sharp rhetort. >> we have aircraft carriers where planes land on them january ships that go under water and nuclear sub marines. >> this attracted most of the attention. the real threat to the military budget is the controversial bill which congress passed and the president signed into law last year to confront the nation's looming $16 trillion debt. the law requires automatic across-the-board cuts on
january 2, 2013 that will slash billions from the defense budget. in battleground states like, virginia, where as many as one in four adults work for defense contractors, which build enormous sub marines like the minnesota which is about to be christened these defense cuts could mean as many as 200,000 jobs. it was designed to be so bad we would never get to this point. mike is ceo for huntington ingalls industry. with 37,000 employees in virginia, mississippi, laz and california it is the largest u.s. naval ship builder. >> all of the usual is suspects are saying all of the things that they were predicted to say. it is not the way the nation should be going about deciding how to allocate its resources. >> congressman randy forbes for the fourth congressional district in virginia. >> it is going to be devastating to the economy of virginia. it going to be devastating to the economy of the country but more importantly it is going to
put us new hampshire a situation where we believe we are dismantling the greatest military the world has ever known. >> according to the international monetary fund if mandatory cuts go into effect it will have a devastating impact be on the economy, the loss of jobs so steep the ripple effect across the nation could take us into another steep recession. >> we are going to probably lose as many as 200,000 jobs in virginia because of the enormous cuts. across the country 1.5 million to 2.1 million. >> we have $16 trillion deficit that is looming over our country. we have to cut something. why not the defense? >> no one has sade that we shouldn't put things on the table to cut on defense. we shouldn't do it in this arbitrary fashion we are doing. >> in the debate the president said sequestration is not going to happen. >> the president signd that into law. i didn't vote for it. governor romney said he wouldn't have supported it but the president signed it into law. there is no way the president can just ignore the law. >> finger pointing aside, there is no doubt the impact here in
virginia. >> shipyard basically is nuclear news. this put new you port news on the map. >> everyone around here is affiliated with the shipyard and rely on the shipyard a lot. >> we depend on the shipyard. >> a ticking time bomb that is about to go off in january 2013. how do you explain that to people and keep people calm? >> i'm a glass is half full kind of guy. we will work through this. it is the law of the land. i'm optimistic this will push people into a place where they have to come together and figure out what the real plan is. >> is he really optimistic? >> he is optimistic? he thinks, he hopes that people will come to their senses and put this thing together before this time bomb does go off and the cuts are made. >> how about the workers, the blue collar guys? >> they are concerned. this is the only game this town. the only place that is hiring and you have to remember this
company spends $400 million a year in contractors and construction, all these different things that support the ship building industry. >> geraldo: it's huge. really an important cog. also a battleground state. i think they will figure something out. better do it in a hurry, though. some republican ares are calling benghazi-gate more serious than ware gate because watergate nobody died. marsha blackburn is so angry she called for the beginning of impeachment proceedings against the president. the tennessee republican joins us from nashville. hi, congress woman. >> hi there, how are you. in. >> good. her democratic co colleague is with us from the lonestar state. he represents texas there. let me start with you. before we talk about benghazi-gate you heard or saw the piece craig did, the president says the automatic cuts are not going to happen. are what could stop them?
>> well, one of things we know is that we have continued to bring forward different options and saying come on, let's get -- let's get behind this and make certain that we are not making these $500 billion worth of cuts out of our military. certainly there s waste, fraud and abuse, geraldo, everybody agrees with that and we want to get that out of the system. not only for d.o.d. but for all of our departments. government wide. but you cannot sustain this type cut and with our military it would just be debilitating. we need to -- we want to make certain that we do not see these kind of cuts. it is disappointing that the administration does not meet us at the table and try to work this out. >> geraldo: congressman cuell ram, who are you going to talk to? i hate to be pessimistic be but
seems like your train is going to go off this cliff. >> certainly we need to look at doing all of this in a bipartisan way. you know, keep in mind this is a big question. how do you reduce the national deficit which is huge at $16 billion. how do you about not raise taxes and not cut any services like for example the military. that s the question we have to answer and the only way we can get to it is to really look at democrats and republicans, not blame each other but sit down and literally look at this. the supercommittee had a try. democrats, republicans, they were not able to do it. this was the agreement that was done, the sequestration. i think if we are going to do cuts we ought to do that across-the-board where everybody has skin in the game and have cuts across the board to reduce the deficit. >> geraldo: congressman blackburn, did you -- >> let me say something there. because i support across-the-board cuts in discretionary spending. every year i run bills calling for 1, 2 and 5% across the
board. what you have to realize is that this administration had gone in and made deep cuts into the -- our military services, into d.o.d. and then they did it again with the sequestration. doubled up on that. so the problem becomes you are cutting them more than everybody else. if you were to give them just what you were going to cut everyone else is, you know, you could begin to work with that. but they are getting it twice. >> geraldo: i want to ask you, it is not fair to ask you before the commercial break, congressman blackburn about the impeachment comment so let me save that until the next segment if you could both stand by. up next we will hear from both congress people on benghazi-gate and senator john mccain as well on benghazi-gate and two more prominent members of congress join the debate which may determine who wins the white house. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] it's simple physics...
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are you disappointed even with the damning cables showing what the white house knew and what he they knew it the issue apparently not gaining the traction perhapses it should with the american people? >> i have been deeply disappointed. it is like a lot of the scandals that you and i have tracked over the years the initial problem if there is a coverup becomes much, much
worse and i don't have to tell you that there were signs of the problem, our consulate was attacked in april and june as you know. there were pleas for additional security. the president should just go on television and say here is what happened. here is what we did. here is the whole scenario. can he clear everything up with one 15-20 minute, half hour talk to the american people. >> geraldo: senator mccain and other republicans have written to the defense secretary, are the cia director are and attorney general asking that the surveillance video from the consulate in benghazi be made public. i will get into that. but congress woman blackburn did you you or didn't you ask the beginning of impeachment proceedings against president obama? i asked for us to have an investigation. i think that is exactly what our o in tell committee and foreign affairs committee and government reform committee are doing right now. i think that is exactly what we need to be doing.
geraldo, this are three things that should be of great concern to the american people. number one, why didn't we see this coming? number two, why didn't we take action as the attack was taking place? and number three, what has transpired after this? and we need to figure out if there was a coverup and, you know, i think that speaker boehner asked the right question this week in his letter to the president and that is when was the last time that you talked with ambassador stevens? if these are your appointees, you have them out there, they are working on behalf of the united states, if there is a problem in libya, when was the last time that you had a conversation with h him addressing these issues? cuellar, how and when should benghazi-gate be he investigated? >> first of all, i agree with my colleagues. the first thing we need to do is investigate before we make any judgments. let's see what the intelligence community is going tell us and
what they knew. the preference of the intelligence commune sit to assess pieces of information number one and then number two make judgments as to what happened and then from there make -- tell us who is responsible. and that is what we are going through these steps so before we start blaming an administration or somebody else let's do the right thing, let's investigate and let the chips fall where they fall and then we will tal take it from there. >> congressman cuellar you cannot be happy with the way the administration handled it. let's say that the call whether to send in troops was a call made by the mil military in thg of war you can cut them slack however tragic the results there but since the attack it seems slow to been less than sincere in their desire to tell the american people what they knew and when they knew it, congressman cuellar. >> right. that is what i'm saying. i certainly want to make sure that the chips fall where they
fall and i want to know exactly what happened and let's get to it. i am not here to defend anybody. i just want to get to the truth of what happened. our number one interest should be those men and women that go out there and serve the country. whether political appointees or career individuals. >> geraldo: right. >> they do a good job and go out there and -- >> geraldo: congress woman, go ahead. >> i respect what henry is saying. but we have to realize that the president as senator mccain was saying he owes the american people a full accounting and he needs to get off the campaign trail and some back and say what happened and tell us when knew what was taking place. why did he leave d.c.? why did he go out and campaign? these are questions that he needs to answer and he needs to talk about what happened and the video, was he watching this in real time?
when those decisions were made, when knew it was a terrorist attack. and geraldo, these are things that he needs to answer immediately. i think that it is so disturbing that he has not. >> i have to leave it there. i appreciate that. thank you so much for coming on tonight. how do you think it should be investigated? perhaps not surprisingly, o'reilly and i disagree.
it is like putting blood on the water for the political sharks, bill. >> just be honest. why didn't romney ask him if you are are so smart and know so definitively. >> romney is not a journalist
and not the president. >> why didn't governor romney sitting this close to the president ask the question? >> i don't know. >> because he knew it is a lot more ambiguous than political operatives are making it out. it is not -- you can't count on darrell issa to find truth here. >> joining me one of my favorite congress people, ileana ros-lehtinen. nice to see you. thank you for being with me. >> thank. >> how deeply concerned are you about our not knowing exactly what happened in benghazi or what we know does not seem to comport with what the administration has been telling us? >> this h is deeply troubling and either shows great income pa tense or deliberately misleading the american public because the more information that we find out about the terrorist attack the more we know that the obama administration officials did know about it, did know that it was a terrorist attack, did know that it was unfolding and simply just did nothing about
it. meanwhile, four americans lost their lives including an american ambassador first time in over 30 years. so we want to know in a set of public hearings what did the administration know and when did they know it. we want to find out about the benghazi atakes and every time they come to us and i'm chair of the foreign affairs committee and they say we will do it in a classified setting meanwhile they are able to leak information to the press and we are not able to say anything. >> the house oversight committee dumped an awful lot of documents much to the dismay of some in the administration and others outside the administration for whom the acts seemed to be less than discrete. do you agree? >> perhaps there was some information with some documents being disclosed maybe it should have been kept at the committee level but it doesn't take away the importance of the overall big picture. that this is an administration
that tries to manipulate information, that tries to stonewall the american public. whether there was a document or two that should not have been in the public domain, yes, that is an important issue. i'm not side steping that. but the huge issue is that the obama administration actually knew that this terrible terrorist attack on another 9/11 on the anniversary a commemoration of the fateful day and yet did nothing about it and really put american lives at risk. >> geraldo: congressman ileana ros-lehtinen. we are out of time for this segment. thank you very much for your comments. >> we heard from the republican, now from the democrat, this is charles rangel of course, representative near in new york. is benghazi-gate being politicized or aren't you deeply troubled by somed of things we do not know? >> whatever we don't know concerning the lives of four americans i hope we soon find out. but i really think the
republicans is are dancing on the graves of these four people in a political way to infer that the president would cover up and not want the whole country to know the pain that we feel when we lose americans is one of the cheapest shots i have ever seen and witnessed. >> geraldo: you were wounded in action in korea. you got the purple heart and also the bronze star. you are decorated combat veteran. when you look at benghazi, do you think the united states should have done more to help those four embattled americans during the assault itself? >> whether we are talking about iran or afghanistan or iraq, i have problems the way presidents, republican and democrats, can put our men and women in danger without the declaration of war. you know, nato is not where i raise my flag and where i
salute. i salute my flag. and so i think every president should show what is the danger to the united states of america? >> geraldo: is libya one of them? >> you're darn right it is. you got to do a lot of explaining to me as to why my kid or your kid should be in libya for any reason or why resources should be sent there. >> geraldo: what about the specific allegation that we didn't do enough to save our people as they were being attacked in benghazi? >> now, who in the hell do you know would know that? it certainly would not be romney and the republican national committee. i would like to believe that is the first question hillary clinton would be dealing with. >> geraldo: do you this think benghazi has been politicized to the point where it is about politics now and not reality? or do you think there s a legitimate quest for truth into
what happened there? >> it is a legitimate quest, a search for the truth of murderers of four americans and i hope that all of our resources are not only there to find out but to prevent it from happening in the future and i see no legitimate place for it in the national debate for who should be president of the united states of america. >> geraldo: charlie, congressman rangele a delight. i have only known you for half a century. >> you are a home boy. >> so are you. >> thank you. >> thank. >> geraldo: that is it for you us tonight. stay tuned to fox news for the
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